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Özyeğin University in Turkey Selects EBSCO Discovery Service ™


By kmcevoy - Posted on 14 December 2011

~ EBSCO Discovery Service™ to be Incorporated into University’s 2011-2012
Information Literacy Programs ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — December 15, 2011 — Özyeğin University in Turkey has selected EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing as its new generation search tool. The library saw a need to provide a seamless and easy way to navigate its electronic resources and EBSCO Publishing's discovery service fit that need precisely. EDS creates a unified index of an instution's information resources and is able to provide users with an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content with a single search interface.

Özyeğin University was ready to take advantage of new generation search tools and wanted to maximize the usage of its collections to support the university’s learning, teaching and research activities. Gülçin Cribb Director of Libraries at Özyeğin University says librarians looked at other services but EDS provided the key features they were looking for. “EDS provides our users with a user-friendly and familiar interface that filters results to reach the most relevant resources in an efficient and effective way.”

EDS delivers a single interface for discovery of a library’s entire collection and powerful features to heighten user’s research experience providing them with everything they need in one place. Cribb says Özyeğin University will begin to promote EDS as the starting point for all of its student research needs. “The university plans to redesign its information literacy programs for 2011-2012 academic year to incorporate EDS as the preferred choice and starting point for research.”

Another deciding factor for the university was the positive experience working with EBSCO. The university subscribes to many EBSCO databases and has a long-standing relationship with EBSCO. Cribb describes the relationship with EBSCO a very positive experience. “EBSCO has always been willing to help with any issue and they continue to be customer focused.”

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box-searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.

The Base Index for EBSCO Discovery Service forms the foundation upon which each EDS subscribing library builds out its custom collection. Beginning with the Base Index, each institution extends the reach of EDS by adding appropriate resources including its catalog, institutional repositories, EBSCOhost and other databases, and additional content sources to which it subscribes. It is this combination that allows a single, comprehensive, custom solution for discovering the value of any library’s collection.

The EDS Base Index is comprised of metadata from the world’s foremost information providers. At present, the EDS Base Index represents content from approximately 20,000 providers in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers. Although constantly growing, today the EDS Base Index provides metadata for nearly 50,000 magazines & journals, approximately 825,000 CDs & DVDs, nearly six million books, more than 100 million newspaper articles, more than 400,000 conference proceedings and hundreds of thousands of additional information sources from various source-types.

About Özyeğin University
Özyeğin University, established by Hüsnü M. Özyeğin Foundation in 2007 aims to serve the society as a centre of learning that is innovative, creative, entrepreneurial, accessible and integrated into contemporary life. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business, engineering, law, hotel management and civil aviation. The University library’s mission is “to support the university's teaching, learning, research and community activities by providing information resources, services and environment which is of high quality, innovative, progressive, customer focused (students, all staff and all of university's stakeholders) and helps create new knowledge”. The Library offers its services and resources through its physical and virtual sites. For more information about Özyeğin University Library please visit the web site at: http://library.ozyegin.edu.tr/.

About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the producer of EBSCOhost®, the world’s premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and eBooks. The company provides more than 350 databases and nearly 300,000 eBooks. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service (www.ebscohost.com/discovery). For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com. EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

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